Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright
Over the last few podcasts I’ve introduced Kate to a great many “classic” picture books. But what about cult classic picture books? Don’t they deserve love as well? When I decided to initiate Kate in the ways of The Lonely Doll, I wasn’t entirely certain how she would act. Would she take to it like a duck to water or reject it outright for its tone? Only this podcast will let you know for sure. Though, and I mean this truly, I highly recommend that you seek out the book yourself when you’ve a chance. I think both its fans and its detractors would agree that it’s one in a million.
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– No. Honestly. What IS the most classic pop-up book out there? I’m wracking my brain but I’m still not sure what it might be.
– I wasn’t making that up. Famke Janssen really did have a home invasion and this book really was left behind.
– Run, Edith! Run!
– Too late. Now why has it never occurred to me that this might be some kind of Paper Moon situation? The little bear really never does say that Mr. Bear is his father.
– Now I ask you. Is that the face of a girl having fun?
– Kate and I could have gone back and forth all day over whether or not this constituted a story where the doll in question really is a doll. Hence, not ever exploring her own house.
– This photo backs up the theory that this is just an elaborate heist.
– Ultimately, this is what the book is remembered for.
– Kate, again, was right about this one. That Little Bear is the devil. Promises promises, Little Bear.
– See? LIAR!
– By the way, I don’t mention it in the episode but back in 2016 it was reported that Naomi Watts and Jessica Lange were slated to star in The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll. Don’t know how the project is coming along, but I think I’m good on this one.
– And it turns out that Lisa Brown did a great write-up on Curious Pages back in the day. This explains much. Plus, she makes a lot of the points we’ve made here.
– Our readers are so attentive. Elisabeth H. pointed out to us that we really should have alluded to the other books in the series. Like, say, this one:
Which led her to make a book jacket for the series that best sums up a lot of what’s going on:
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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